Staff Editorial – 10/22

Bathroom graffiti in desperate need of artistic quality to improve relief experience

IMG_4651What happens in the school bathrooms, stays in the school bathrooms.

Or so we think.

In fact, the truth about restrooms is that no matter how private the reason for going, the act ‘of going’ is essentially very public. The personal habit of the bathroom break is accompanied with long lines and awkward silences, noisy flushing and thunderous hand dryers, overhearing and eavesdropping, and of course, the ever-so entertaining wall decor.

Granted, all of this can become overwhelming. The echo of an empty bathroom might as well be the loud speaker used for morning announcements. The girls who carefully apply make-up and boys who fix ‘flows’ often clash with those who quickly want to get in and get out. And sometimes, toilets just flush all too aggressively.

While there are the brave few who go to lengths to resist the school restrooms for seven consecutive hours, the most logical solution is to overcome these tribulations.

Even more than personal business, bathrooms are also a symbol for freedom of speech. Unadulterated artistic ability and brutally honest opinions are displayed openly and anonymously, information that creates a special bond between those who have occupied that particular stall.

But the anonymous mass of people who feel compelled to doodle on the back of a stall door lack the one quality we also wish our aggressively-flushing toilets could master: some sense. The graphic diagrams of the opposite sex hastily scribbled on the plastic are sloppy and anatomically questionable. The lists of best…genitals…that circulate through the pods are outdated and highly arguable.

Using the school restrooms is uncomfortable enough — but the poor handiwork on the walls makes them utterly unbearable. No wonder some students hold their bladders for entire days: it’s because of the low-quality entertainment.